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Tabletop Trends

Thanksgiving is a time to come together around the table, to gather with our nearest and dearest. And no major feast is complete without the perfect tabletop decor! Thankfully, The Mid Atlantic Link has several vendors that really lead the way when it comes to finding the perfect food servicing accessories.

SplitP Tabletop

First, take a look at SplitP Designs. We found this take on their “Sophisticated Grays” collection to be refreshing, adding just the right pops of orange to make this look very autumnal. The featured SplitP product in this display is the Dotted Line Table Runner and Cloth Napkin. The runner is 13″x 60″ and available at the wholesale price of $12.50. As they did in this display, the neutral colors of this item pair perfectly with any colors. Keep it around for Christmas, and reuse with red poinsettias!

Melrose International has gorgeous products for the home and garden, and a robust mix of decor for the Holiday season. For the tabletop, they feature an abundance of vases, lanterns, and centerpiece items. Our favorites are the small vases pictured here. A mixture of texture and color blend perfectly in this trio of small vases. Each has its own imperfections, giving it a look of artisan craftsmanship. The trio is, wholesale, $12.90. Once again, this item is trans-seasonal, and you can feature it in your store right now for the Holiday Tabletop, and continue to carry it well into Spring for a whole different look.

Whether you choose to feature simplistic designs like the ones we featured, or prefer to show colorful or patterned decor in your store displays, both Park and Melrose are leaders in Tabletop and will certainly have some ideas for you! Check out their catalogs and call your rep today to learn more, or find them on for online ordering.

Stocking Stuffers!

It is never too early to start thinking about even the smallest details for Christmas. Make sure your customers know that your store is the best place to pick up whatever they need to make the Holidays shine the brightest, including STOCKING STUFFERS! Here are the Top 3 Items from Link2Sales that you should order and market as the best in “small” gifts:

Fiesta Cutie Beans1. Cutie Beans by FiestaThese little guys are part of a new collectible “blind box” that Fiesta has created. The idea is to purchase the blind boxes until you’ve collected all the different goodies inside! There are nine different adorable plush animals inside each assortment with the options of “Jungle” or “Aqua.” The toy includes the plush and a clip case, perfect for backpacks and keychains! Children of all ages will be delighted by these collectibles. The assortment, ideal for countertop display, contain 72 toys at $2.50 a piece.Nebo Big Larry 2


2. The Big Larry from Alliance Sports Group. Alliance is comprised of a number of brands, but for this list we’ve chosen NEBO. Maker of all things flashlight-related, Nebo does have a number of smaller items that are the perfect stocking stuffer size. Easy to display, many of the assortments come with a Countertop display unit. Big Larry is no exception, and with a Power Work Light of 500 lumens, it’s sure to outshine the other gifts. This little guy is a “Big” deal, with a magnetic base, four light modes, and new LED technology. For $12.75 a piece, get a 14 piece case pack. 


3. Everlasting Hairbands from Vere. If you have long hair, you need a Vere hairband, end of story. This magical hairband never stretches out; you can use a hair dryer to shrink it down to size. It’s unbreakable, snag-proof, waterproof, crease-proof, comes in an array of glitter and metallic colors, and can also be worn as a bracelet! The small box packaging lends nicely to a stocking stuffer and can even be hung from a Christmas tree to make an adorable display at your store. A box of 5 hairbands is $7.50, wholesale.

Order any of these fantastic lil’ stocking stuffers right now by calling your DonMar Rep or ordering online at

Last Minute Fall Shipping!

It is certainly beginning to feel like Fall outside, and we have some hot buys for you that will warm you up and ship immediately!

Park Designs‘ Holiday Collection is nostalgic, whimsical, and truly classic. In addition to every they offer in their year-round collections, such as tabletop pieces, pillows, and kitchen textiles, the Holiday collection also features unique items like tree skirts, stockings, and Santa Sacks. The Santa Sack is exactly what you’re imagining – the giant bag Santa Claus uses for his stockpile of presents! With a drawstring closure and at only $10 a piece, these gift bags are a fantastic way to start a new tradition in your home.

WSS Ragg collection



Now that cold weather is here to stay, you might want to consider keeping your feet toasty with World’s Softest Socks! The Ragg collection is shipping right now and offers up both knee-high and crew length socks to keep your tootsies warm and protected from the elements! The Ragg collection is made with ultra soft knit for comfort, and comes in a space dye. Even better, you can now order Ragg slippers, toboggans, and gloves! The slippers have a nice, roomy fit, and come with a sherpa lining for super softness. The toboggans and fingerless gloves also are sherpa-lined.


Save the Girls purseThe idea behind Save the Girls product, the touch screen phone-carrying purse, is simple: allow women easy access to their all-important cell phones while wearing whatever they want! Any woman knows that most of our pants, dresses, leggings, etc. do not contain adequate pockets. While men can easily grab their phone from a handy pocket, women are left digging endlessly in their overfilled bags! It also prevents women from keeping phones in the bra, thus protecting our “girls” from potential radiation and mishaps. Save the Girls solves these problems with the cell phone pocket purse, and in turn, has created an essential gift item for any lady in your life. With multiple styles to choose from, the Classic Elegance and Metro purses are $19.99, wholesale, and the stylish Allure purse is only $17.49!


Call your DonMar Rep, or use our website – – to order today!

2019 Color Trend Report


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The 2019 color trend predictions are in! Pantone’s color of the year will be announced this December. In September, however, Pantone chooses colors from the runways of New York fashion week to give us an idea of what to expect for color palettes in the new year.


The color picks are meant to transcend seasonality and, with their bright and vibrant hues, point us toward the future with optimism and positivity. Pantone’s take on the reds, oranges, and coral chosen for 2019 is that they reflect enthusiasm and joyfulness, enlivening fashion with a streak of energy. The most obvious and striking colors are a bright blue and hot pink, meant to be theatrical, cheerful, and majestic.

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Vogue has a bit of different take on the striking blue and fuchsia;  they are calling the blue a “digital blue,” reflecting the shades inside our social media platforms and evoking technology and the future. Also in Vogue’s notes is “whisky brown,” a color Pantone is calling a toffee tone, that looks like wood grain and warms the fashion color palette. The greens, a mossy shade and an olive, remind us of the natural world and how we connect with it. A few other colors we will see are lilacs (also called lavender), goldenrod yellow, bright orange that Vogue says is “vitaminic,” and gray that’s taking over for the black in the “little black (now gray) dress.”

Pantone 2019 3Pantone 2019 Neutrals

Not to be eclipsed, but rather combined with the fashion colors are the trends for home décor. Sherwin Williams has already announced their colors of the year for 2019, of which the main pick is called “Reflecting Pool.” We can see this greenish blue picked up in the “earthy” colors from the fashion palette, and looking through some of Sherwin Williams’ palettes, we can easily see the shocking fuchsia and a darkened blue that blur the lines between the digital and the physical. Take a look at the sidebar for tips on how to use these colors to your advantage.

Our Vendors in the News!

Lizzy James and Park Designs are featured in GiftBeat among the Industry’s top-selling lines! Park comes in at #6 on the list of best Tabletop Accessories. Lizzy James ranks #9 on the list of  best-selling “$15 or More Cost” items.





Alliance Sports Group is beginning a new National Broadcast TV schedule for a Nebo commercial featuring the Tac Slyde flashlight! Be sure to stock this product as awareness will be at an all time high. Take a look at some of the promo in the link below:

Nebo Tac Slyde Flashlight Promo


Boost Sales with In Store Events

The Link Companies is lucky to work with so many creative and enthusiastic vendors who are willing to step in and make markets truly epic events. How is this relevant to you and your store? The same vendors we work with are those you buy from, and they are open to assisting you with and sponsoring in store events! The easiest way to set something like this up is by talking to your Link Companies rep. Send a quick email and find out how you can connect with the vendor that has the bestselling merchandise in your store to create a one of a kind event for your customers.

Why go through the trouble of putting on an in store event? In store events are shown to do the following:

  • Increase foot traffic in your store. If you offer hot chocolate during a holiday shopping event, the people will come to your store! Even if they don’t buy something, they now know about what you offer.
  • Which brings us to brand awareness – coming into the store during an event may be the first time they ever stepped in. Now they can see what brands you carry and make a mental note that they can pick up these products at YOUR place.
  • Events are a sales booster. Particularly if you have an event on a Thursday evening, let’s say, and normally your traffic flow on Thursday is relatively slow. Suddenly you have additional cash flow, especially if you offer a little sale or incentive with the event.
  • This is a chance for you to do marketing! Be sure your customers are signing up for your social media accounts and newsletters, and offer incentives for them to do so.

Most retailers really push for in store events when traffic is absolutely essential: The Holiday Season! The Link Team sat down and came up with some ideas for your November and December holiday events:

Gourmet du Village Cider Mix
Gourmet du Village Cider Mix
  • Spiked Cider or Hot Chocolate with Gourmet du Village! GDV has an entire catalog devote to their amazing Holiday collection, including the aforementioned beverage mixes. Why not offer a sampling of their delicious goodies, with a little liquid embellishment, to get your customers started?
  • Girls-Night-Out events are already a popular theme with retailer events. You could put a twist on this with a “Girls-Night-In” event! Feature products that spell out C-O-M-F-O-R-T, like Faceplant Dreams. The whole idea behind this brand is making women feel cozy and happy in dreamy soft pajamas, slippers, pillowcases and blankets!
  • A “Mistletoe Market” for children, with a small section of gifts priced under $20, on low shelves, for children to get for their moms and dads! This is a great way to include the whole family, and for children to make memories in your store.

    Faceplant Dreams does “Girls Night In”

At the event, make sure your customers sign up for your newsletter or social media accounts. You can even turn this into an in-person contest! Have stylists or associates go around and tell customers that by following you on social media and posting about their in-store experience (whether it’s a quick mention on Facebook, or a little picture on Instagram), they have a chance to win a contest! Raffle away items in your store that are hot commodities but not big ticket items.

Still looking for ideas? Check out Gifts & Dec’s nominees for best store events for more! Gifts & Dec also has some excellent Fall Promotions to check out.

As always, any of the products mentioned in this post can be ordered by contacting your DonMar rep, or by ordering online at

Featured Fall Decor

DonMar vendors are well stocked with all the Fall Decor your customers need to add a little extra pizzazz to their households this Autumn! Here are some items we thought were worth featuring.


Park Designs is a dreamland of Holiday decor! Most Park customers recognize that they have an extension Christmas collection, but their Fall/Harvest collections are also extremely robust. Our favorite is the “Falling for Fall” themed items. This photograph displays the “Count Your Blessings” serving plate, and the placemat, napkin, and table runner in the Falling For Fall pattern.



Counterart’s Harvest Moments and Watercolor Harvest collections are a wonderful addition to any autumnal tabletop! They contain a glass counter server, cheese server, a lazy susan, serving trays, a dip chiller, and even floormats. Of course, no Counterart collection would be complete without coasters, and Harvest moments contains stone, car coasters, and tumbled tile coasters. We chose to feature the reversible plastic placemats with two different Watercolor patterns. Keep your table clean and stylish!


Last but not least, SplitP gives us a taste of the “flavors of fall” in their collection of “warm hues and images for the kitchen, table, and home.” These hues are reflected in candle holders, rustic flatware, and autumnal table runners, napkins, and placemats! This photo features the “Sweet Autumn” printed placemat, table runner, and napkin. 

You can order any of these products right now by contacting your DonMar rep, or by visiting to place an online order. Happy Fall, Y’all!

Quality Rest & Relaxation!

The next month and a half is an unusually calm time; until Halloween happens in October and the Holiday season is in full swing, parents will have a short respite from the insanity of back to school and holiday shopping. This is the time for retailers to step up their game and show Mom and Dad how they can treat themselves to a little Rest & Relaxation!

Football fans are in their element now with college football starting up! Kick off game day morning with a rejuvenating cup of coffee in a Boelter team spirit mug.

Store merchandising for team spirit items is relatively simple: even if the items aren’t necessarily spirit gear, as long as they are in the team colors, they can be easily set up in a display to create a cohesive look.

Maybe football isn’t really your customer’s speed. Another way to capture the attention of weary moms who need a “Stay-cation” is a bath and body themed display of products.

UR Bath & Body is another excellent purveyor of spa day goodies, like fragrant bath bombs that tout empowering messages like “UR Brave, UR Calm, and UR Fearless.” We cannot think of a better way to take a break from wrangling the kids than drawing a hot bath and inhaling the stress relieving aromas of these bath bombs!

Duke Cannon Buffalo TraceA spa day for men sounds a little unlikely. Combining a common relaxation aid – whiskey – with shower time is about as close as most men want to get to any kind of spa day. This is where Duke Cannon comes to the rescue with Buffalo Trace soap. And even if a guy doesn’t drink whiskey, the soap still smells fantastic!


There’s no better way for a couple to blow off steam than to celebrate their favorite teams together at a tailgate! On the way to the game, keep your drinks from sweating in your car with CounterArt’s absorbent car coasters. A huge seller, there are multiple ways to merchandise these moisture absorbing coasters in your store: spinners, floor displays, counter top displays, all available from CounterArt to help you sell this fantastic product.


Any of these lines can be ordered to stock your store during this pre-holiday, short-lived calm by calling your DonMar rep. Duke Cannon, CounterArt, and UR Bath & Body are also available via online order on!

Why Blog?

Coffee Cafe


Most businesses in today’s internet-focused landscape do have their own website. There are plenty of ways to make a website appealing to potential customers, but one often overlooked opportunity is a blog. A blog can be something as simple as a quick weekly article promoting the business and products, about the team, a glimpse into the inner workings of the business, or even helpful tips for your customers. With so many potential topics, it’s fairly easy to maintain a blog, though so many businesses disregard its potential power.

Here are five reasons why a Blog is an excellent tool for your business:

  1. Increases your Search Engine Optimization (SEO). When someone does a search for you on Google, or any other browser, how likely are you to show up? Some lucky stores and businesses have a one-of-a-kind name and show up right away. But others need to work a little harder to pop up when someone searches “small boutique” and the town’s name. Writing a blog with useful and interesting content is a great way to get your website and store in the eye of the Googler.
  2. Engage with Content. As mentioned previously, the better your content is in the blog, the more you will keep readers coming back for more. Think about an average Monday. How many times are you distracted at work? Most people get tired of looking at their social media feeds and want something else to check out. Offer up tips, tricks, new looks, product information – really, anything that you think will engage your specific audience to gain a repeated readership.
  3. Engagement with your Customers. Have a contest on your blog! Your readers can potentially win a gift card, or a gift basket from your store if they read the blog and enter to win. Be creative with this. Your customers want to feel like more than a simple transaction. A blog is a great way to share stories about people shopping in store (favorite regulars), or to get feedback on the store or business.
  4. Link to your Social Media. Maybe you’re already a wiz at social media like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, maybe you need a little help gaining followers on these channels. If a customer is on your website, be sure to link to your social media feeds from the website and/or blog. Contests like the one mentioned in the last tip can be run through Facebook or Instagram. Or, you can take a simple Facebook post and add much more content to it by creating a link to a new blog article!
  5. Sell More! The bottom line is to utilize your website to increase business. Blogging gives you an easy opportunity to highlight products and, in turn, sell more. Have a monthly blog featuring brand new items to your store. Or, do what we did and send out a blast about the best sellers. Customers always want to know what everyone else is buying – show them on your blog. And be sure to give your personal favorites as suggestions, too. Link to your ecommerce site or give instructions on how to buy.

Top 5 Best Selling Items from July Gift Shows

The July Gift Shows in Atlanta and Philly were a huge success for DonMar! After the shows, we always like to examine which items sold the best, and why they were such good sellers. Here are the Top 5 Best Sellers for DonMar:

Funky Chunky Choc Popcorn1. Funky Chunky Chocolate Popcorn tops the list as the best selling item for July Gift Show! Hand-crafted in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, this popcorn definitely tastes like the chocolately homemade concoction of your snacking dreams. With chunks of white, dark, and milk chocolate, plus almonds and cashews, it’s easy to see why this was a big seller.


2. Inis Energy of the Sea’s travel size cologne was a huge hit at the July gift show for DonMar! Inis is a unisex fragrance that’s popular in whatever size or form – as soap, moisturizer, candles, or cologne. But, the portability and convenience of the travel size bottle seems to resonate with the masses. This clean, fresh fragrance is inspired by the ocean.


3. Habersham Candles had a strong seller with the Geo Painted Desert collection. These wax pottery vessels are filled with realistic succulents and contain fragrances like Blue Agave, Prickly Pear Aloe, and Cactus Water. Handcrafted in the USA, these decorative vessels are perfect for households with children and pets as a flame-less candle alternative!

Swan Creek Pumpkin Caramel


4. Swan Creek’s Pumpkin Caramel Drizzle is the perfect candle for fall, and really blew customers away with it’s delightfully autumnal scent! People love that it’s a 100% American soybean wax candle, with a long lasting, strong fragrance. Smells good enough to eat, or to scent your house on a cool fall evening in the family room.

Duke Cannon Tactical Balm



5. Duke Cannon’s Tactical Lip Protectant is a great option for a men’s gift. Not only is this lip balm something that any man needs as the weather changes (scathing sun on your face, searing winds blowing, fall cold weather chapping your lips), but the chunky, not-so-delicate size of the tube lets you know that this was built for the manliest of men.

Contact your rep today to order any of these fantastic products!